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May 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM
State Auditor Troy Kelley on Tuesday urged officials to adopt a background-check system for teachers, child care workers and nursing home aides that continues to monitor for criminal issues after the initial check.
“Washington’s background check process is falling behind other states because it does not provide an automatic notification if a person commits a criminal offense after passing a background check,” according to Kelley’s first major performance audit, which noted the federal government now recommends the so-called “rap back service,” which is currently in use in 29 states and under development in eight others.
Washington currently requires an initial background check and follow-up checks at certain times for positions of trust.
A “rap back service” could more quickly identify a significant number of “inappropriate individuals” in those positions, the audit found.
Specifically, auditors analyzed 800,000 applicants for positions of trust between 2005 and 2012 (they analyzed only applicants, not employees, because of “data limitations”). They found that 507 of the applicants were charged with at least one new crime after passing an initial background check.
Half of those people were charged with disqualifying offenses like drug crimes, assault, indecent exposure, child molestation, burglary and theft, according to the audit.
On average, the applicants could have remained on the job for nearly two years before a follow-up check, the auditors found.
In order to implement the tighter system, officials would have to revise state law to allow the Washington State Patrol and FBI to retain fingerprints. The system would also be more expensive.
Last year, the state conducted more than 800,000 background checks for positions of trust.
The Auditor’s Office said it conducted the new audit to follow up on a report last summer that found 28 sex offenders had been living in state-approved foster homes and preschools and day cares operated in private homes. In one case, a school district had employed a registered sex offender as a janitor for nine years.
No children were reported to be harmed by the offenders uncovered in that audit, but it disclosed several areas of potential weakness in the state’s tracking and monitoring systems.
December 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM
A Public Disclosure Commission review has determined that state Auditor-elect Troy Kelley violated a handful of minor regulations while disclosing his finances as a state representative.
But the commission also found that other allegations made by Republicans during a nasty campaign for state auditor were unfounded.
PDC Chairman Amit Ranade has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to settle the case and potentially determine a punishment. The maximum fine is $500.
The PDC review found that Kelley, a Democrat from University Place, failed to file a revision to his personal financial affairs statement in a timely manner. It also found that one of Kelley’s financial statements failed to disclose a set of required facts about a company he partially owned, the mortgage document-tracking company, United National, LLC.
“The PDC staff is recommending a minor violation,” Kelley said through a spokesman. “I’ve been working with the PDC staff to ensure everything is filed correctly.”
Indeed, PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson described the allegations as minor.
They came to the agency’s attention from a lengthy complaint filed in September by Republican State Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur. At the time, Republicans were seeking to highlight a variety of financial issues in Kelley’s past, including a 2010 case in which he paid an undisclosed settlement to a business customer who accused him of ”fraudulently transferring funds, intentional spoliation of evidence, shady business schemes, tax evasion, and hiding from creditors” $3.8 million in newly formed accounts.
Kelley beat Redmond business-development consultant James Watkins 53 percent to 47 percent last month.
November 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM
James Watkins, the Republican candidate for state auditor, conceded the race to Democratic Rep. Troy Kelley on Friday.
“It does not appear that I will prevail in my run for State Auditor,” Watkins said in a statement. “It is my sincere hope that Troy Kelley has a successful term and capably fills the vacuum left by Brian Sonntag.”
Sonntag, the current state auditor, is retiring.
Kelley, D-University Place, was ahead of Watkins, 52 to 48 percent, in Thursday’s vote.
The auditor’s office conducts financial and legal compliance audits of state and local government, and also tries to find efficiencies in state government.
October 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM
Ever since the news broke that state auditor hopeful Troy Kelley settled a potentially embarrassing lawsuit last year, the candidate has been trying to downplay the incident.
“This is standard business practice,” Kelley said last week in an endorsement interview with The Seattle Times editorial board, referring to the suit, which accused him of “fraudulently transferring funds, intentional spoliation of evidence, shady business schemes, tax evasion, and hiding from creditors” $3.8 million in newly formed accounts.
But Kelley has so far declined to say how much he paid to settle what he calls a “nuisance lawsuit,” citing the settlement’s confidentiality agreement.
Now, the business customer that got money in the settlement says it’s willing to revoke the confidentiality agreement and make the details of the deal known — if Kelley agrees.
Scott Smith, a Seattle attorney representing Old Republic National Title Co., sent a letter to Kelley last Friday asking if he is willing to waive the confidentially agreement.
“Troy Kelley has been commenting that the lawsuit was frivolous, that this happens all the time — implying the lawsuit is without merit,” Smith said in an interview with The Seattle Times. “If that’s true, then he ought to be interested in disclosing to the public what the (settlement) amount was. Old Republic Title is willing to do that.”
Kelley, the owner of an escrow-services company and a three-term Democratic state representative from University Place, received the letter Friday, according to campaign spokeswoman Cynara Lilly. He hasn’t yet decided whether or how to respond, she said.
“Beyond Old Republic and Troy Kelley, there were multiple parties involved in the lawsuit in question. Some of those parties would have to waive confidentiality as well to make any release, which is highly unlikely.” Lilly wrote in an email. “And in any case, the terms of the settlement are under a confidentiality agreement designed to protect the privacy, and in some cases, the personal information, of all parties involved and thousands of individuals.”
“The important thing here is that the underlying business dispute in question was resolved long ago and has no bearing on the race for auditor,” she added.
Kelley’s Republican opponent, Redmond business development consultant James Watkins, is seeking to make it an issue in the race. He has repeatedly brought up the lawsuit, along with another suit in which Kelley won an undisclosed settlement, as evidence that Kelley is unfit to serve.
Watkins won the August primary, although Kelley and two other Democrats split a majority (54 percent) of the vote.
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